pistole

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pistole, of uncertain origin. Probably ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Alternatively, perhaps from Pistoia (a city in Tuscany).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɪstəʊl/, /pɪˈstəʊl/

Noun[edit]

pistole (plural pistoles)

  1. (historical) A Spanish gold double-escudo coin of the mid-sixteenth century, or any of various gold coins derived from or based on this. [from 16th c.]
    • 1793, Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin[1], §21:
      Ralph and I were inseparable Companions. We took Lodgings together in Little Britain at 3/6 per Week, as much as we could then afford. He found some Relations, but they were poor & unable to assist him. He now let me know his Intentions of remaining in London, and that he never meant to return to Philadelphia. He had brought no Money with him, the whole he could muster having been expended in paying his Passage. I had 15 Pistoles: So he borrowed occasionally of me, to subsist while he was looking out for Business. [...]

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

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Noun[edit]

pistole f

  1. pistol

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. Probably ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīšk-.

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pistole f (plural pistoles)

  1. (historical) pistole (coin)

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pistole f

  1. plural of pistola

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested 1544[1], of uncertain origin. Probably ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Noun[edit]

pistole f (plural pistoles)

  1. pistol (small gun)

References[edit]

  1. ^ pistole” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).